Stanley Whitney - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “I always say that the colour makes the structure, the structure doesn’t make the colour. I don’t build a structure and then fill in the colour. I wanted to devise a structure that would give me total freedom with colour.” —Stanley Whitney

    • Provenance

      Esso Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Stanley Whitney

      American • 1946

      Inspired by Renaissance painting, Minimalist sculpture and jazz music, Stanley Whitney’s oeuvre has become central to the current discourse of abstract painting in the contemporary era. Following recent solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, the 72-year-old artist has only just received the critical acclaim he deserves. After moving to New York from Philadelphia at the age of 22, Whitney aligned himself with the Color Field painters, often working in the shadows of his contemporaries including Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Throughout the decades that followed, however, the artist soon established himself as a key player in 20th century abstraction, traveling the world and gaining recognition not only in the studio, but also in the classroom, where he has taught Painting and Drawing at the Tyler School of Art for over 30 years. As such, Whitney’s influence extends to a generation of new artists exploring the formal tenants of painting today.

      As Lauren Haynes, curator of Whitney’s solo show at the Studio Museum in 2015, aptly wrote, “Whitney’s work interrogates the connections among colors, how they lead to and away from one another, what memories they are associated with…Whitney’s colors take on lives of their own. They evoke memory and nostalgia. This orange takes you back to your favorite childhood t-shirt; that blue reminds you of your grandmother’s kitchen. Whitney’s paintings remind us, on a universal scale, of the ability of color to trigger feelings and sensations.”

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signed and dated 'Stanley Whitney 2003' on the reverse
oil on canvas
30.8 x 30.7 cm (12 1/8 x 12 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2003.

Full Cataloguing

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £38,100

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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023